Fischer pins to win in opener

From Herald Staff Reports

Pins provided the fate of the two local wrestlers competing in Friday’s first round of the state finals, with one athlete moving on in the tournament as another closed his career.


Southridge senior Andy Fischer (49-3) pulled off an upset of South Bend St. Joseph’s Ryan Jankowski (37-2), the champion of last weekend’s Merrillville semistate, as Fischer pounced for a pin one minute and 24 seconds into the first-round battle in the 182-pound bracket. Fischer, a fourth-place finisher at last weekend’s semistate, earned a return trip to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for this morning’s quarterfinal round; the consolation and final rounds are set for this evening. Fischer is one of eight wrestlers still in contention for a state championship in the 182 bracket, and his next opponent is Yorktown junior Myron Howard-Anderson (33-6).

Meanwhile, the state finals run ended after one match for Heritage Hills 170-pounder Jake Rickenbaugh, who was pinned midway through the second period by Connersville junior Colton Gonzalez (40-1). Rickenbaugh, a senior, finished his final season 53-2, with a school-record 37 wins coming via pin. He advanced to the state finals twice, finishing eighth last season.

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